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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 2/21/12

29/03/11 is printed on the bottle neck

Thanks to my uncle for sending this home with me after the DBT show a while back.

Moderately hazy, slightly faded gold hue. The head is massive - well over four fingers and well over the top of the glass. The head drops slowly leaving a large mound in the center and a few random leavings of lace.

The aroma is light and airy, but it maintains a full figure. Lemon and lime, tart apple, prairie grass and fresh cut hay, toasted grains galore, crackers herbal and floral notes, soft spices and an overtone of mustiness. Swirling draws forth an aroma of anise cookies. No booze.

The taste is more fleshed out than the aroma strikes me. The malts and grains have a more prominent role than do the fruity esters. Dense bread, crackers and lightly toasted grains - the three grains blend together for the most part, though the wheat perhaps takes a nip of the finish. Modest hops merge with a mild spiciness; the result being a well-fitted herbal notion that takes a backseat to the grains. Overtones of light fruits.

The feel is briefly thin before moving to a plump, malty, medium body. Carbonation is painfully high at first, but after opening up and swirling out a bit, said carbonation is reasonably matched with the heft of the beer. Grain, yeast and fruit residuals linger on the finish. Moderately dry, too.

This beer continues to bloom as time wears on and I find myself enjoying it more in tandem. Definitely worth a shot. Thanks Todd!

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Photo of matzah
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of RyanMcBeer
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of fruity esters and spice. Orange, apricot. Lots of clove and black pepper. Some floral hops. May be the first tripel I've seen where the spice dominates the fruit.

Appearance: Pale straw, somewhat cloudy. Pours a massive white head. Tons of bubbles rising in the glass for what seems like forever, fifteen minutes by my estimation. Excellent retention and tons of sticky lacing.

Taste: Lots of citrus fruit. Dark orange, apricot, not as much spice as I was expecting, which is pretty much a good thing here. Mild floral hops. The aftertaste is caramel and sweet citrus. Light malt and lots of white sugar. No alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light and frothy, mildly creamy. Not drying, actually a bit oily. High carbonation.

Overall: A bit on the sweet side, but very good overall. Impressive appearance, followed by a bold sweet and spicy aroma, then the very sweet fruity and spicy taste. A little light from the huge amount of carbonation.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tewaris
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with cryptic date poured into a snifter. Pours a clear hay golden color with a big fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, sweet and fruity but moves toward perfumy and floral with warmth. Low on phenols and booze and the general "heavy" feeling some tripels suffer from: Damnation, I am looking at you!

Tastes is bittersweet in a very gentle way with ample fruitiness. Carbonation is very high that creates an illusion of very dry finish at first; but the finish is eventually found on the sweeter side as the beer warms. Light body without a touch of alcohol, this one is easy to drink.

Hard to point any flaw out but this beer didn't wow me in spite of all its good features. Perhaps it's the overall profile?

Regardless, a well made beer that I will drink again but not at the price of almost 7 dollars a bottle.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of gcgarcia
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DrFayhee
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw-colored with a rich thick head. Aroma of very citrusy hops, almost like Sprite. Malty rich sweetness to the hop flavor with definite lemony finish. Really pleasant bright carbonation. I typically don't like tripels to be this sweet but I appreciate how this one kind of marks its territory as a certain take on the style.

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Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml (best by date illegible) into a tulip. Pours a golden orange w/ a massive rocky white head, steady carb, chunks of lace.

Aroma is lots of citrus and spice up front, candi sugar, earthy mango. Smells tropical w/ just a hint of musty yeast.

Taste is a little less impressive than the aroma. Belgian yeast, sweet pale malt, clean water. Slight bubblegum.

Mouthfeel compensates for the taste - smooth, velvety, semi-dry. Just right.

Overall this is a solid tripel. Hits all the marks. Not the best I've had but still a world-class version of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of RyanPS
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass from a tap at Barley's in Greenville SC

A: Pours a bright, pale honey/golden color, with a small-to-moderate size, exceptionally creamy head. Head has good retention, at least as a ring.

S&T: Light and fruity, although no specific fruit comes to the fore. Clove and banana elements, but less pronounced than in some tripels. Honey too. The aroma is a bit boozy, but in a positive way ... think fine brandy or liquer.

M: Very smooth, with a bit of alcohol warming. Nice, light carbonation.

Overall: One of the best tasting tripels I have ever had. Complex and flavorful, but not challenging. Very refined. Makes an excellent sipper, and I took a good long time to finish my serving, enjoying every sip.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,236 ratings